Best uses for Gala apples?
In my basket from Bountiful Baskets this morning, I got a bag of Gala apples. Being pretty much a Granny-Smith-only type, I thought I'd ask here what if any cooking uses Galas are good for. I haven't had one yet to see if I like them, even. Can I make an apple crisp out of them or baked apples?
i love to eat them out of hand or in salads. they also fare pretty well in compotes. sauces, relishes, etc. they produce a pretty good result for baking, but the flavor is a little mild, and they do break down pretty completely.
These are good in pies even though they are not as tart as the GS; I improvise by adding grated lemon zest. I made a rustic apple pie last night with mine. I rolled out my pie crust (home made works better for this pie because you can roll it as thick as you want it) to about 1/8 inch thickness on a floured board. I tossed my sliced apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, a little flour & a pinch of nutmeg and piled them into the center of the dough, then folded the dough up around the apples, leaving the center open, onto a parchment lined baking sheet and topped with a piece of butter. Baked for about 30 minutes on 350F. degrees. It was so good with that buttery crust.
Another thing I do with these apples is to make apple dumplings. Peel & core the apples. Mix softened butter with cinnamon & chopped caramels; I used a crushed heath bar once instead of the caramels. You could also use chopped dried fruit. Stuff the center of the apples. Roll out some pie crust or pastry dough large enough to completely cover the apple. Place them on a baking sheet and prick the dough to release the steam. Brush with melted butter or beaten egg & bake for one hour. I made a sauce with heavy cream, apple cider, brown sugar and cinnamon, simmered together until thickened. I served drizzled over the apples at my work place and they were a huge success.